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Visual.ly recently ran a post that showed the last fifty-six years of tornado tracks by F-scale. Although the graphic is just stunning to look at, the description is what caught my attention.
Here is what 56 years of hurricane tracks all look like all at once. Brightness is tied to F-Scale. Couple of charts. That’s it. P.S. Tornadoes hate mountains.
I’m not a meteorologist, but I take that to mean that those dark black spots in the midst of all that pretty blue indicate that tornadoes don’t hit those places because those places are mountains.
I usually think of mountains in two different lights: they are either obstacles to go over or a hiding place of security.
Tornadoes are dangerous and violent, twisting their way through whatever comes into their path, not caring about feelings or emotions, they devastate without a second thought.
There are times in my life when I feel like I’m getting hit with a spiritual tornado, whether it is directly from some kind of demonic force or just from the world’s attacks or my own selfish, fleshly desires tearing me up on the inside.
I think we can learn a lot from the thought that tornadoes hate mountains, because we have a mountain to look forward to:
Now it shall come to pass in the latter days That the mountain of the LORD’s house Shall be established on the top of the mountains, And shall be exalted above the hills; And all nations shall flow to it.
Many people shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, To the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, And we shall walk in His paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth the law, And the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
He shall judge between the nations, And rebuke many people; They shall beat their swords into plowshares, And their spears into pruning hooks; Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, Neither shall they learn war anymore.
Isaiah 2: 2-4 (NKJV)
In the end times, there will come a day when people will flock to the mountain of the LORD’s house because that is where they will find safety and instruction.
Of course, thanks to our relationship with Jesus Christ, we already have the opportunity to go directly to God, where we will find our safety and instruction. That doesn’t mean we won’t get with tornadoes, it just means that we have eternal security and spiritual instruction on how to deal with the difficult things in life.
Where do you run when a spiritual tornado hits close to home?